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Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
A Casebook

Fourth Edition

© 2018 | 464 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology: A Casebook provides 25 real-life cases to give students a deeper understanding of a wide range of disorders within the context of the DSM–5. As they explore complex cases, students learn to integrate theory into research-based assessments and interventions. Each case provides opportunities to practice clinical skills in the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood disorders from a number of theoretical perspectives and at various levels of interest and expertise. Reflecting the latest developments in the field, the Fourth Edition now includes a new case study on social phobia/social anxiety disorder, additional post-case questions, and an expanded introductory chapter discussing trends in case formulation.

About the Author
1 Introduction: Understanding the Complexities of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology
1. Terry Hogan: The Avoidance Trap  
2. Jeremy Jones: Mommy and Me and Grandma Makes Three  
3. Neesha Wilson: Phoenix Rising  
2 Introduction to Neurodevelopmental Disorders
4. Colby Tyler: Attention Problems or Distracted by Life?  
5. Thomas McLearn: Read Me a Story  
6. Sandy Smith: Marching to the Tune of a Different Drummer  
7. Dylan Bach: The World According to Dylan  
8. Arthur Watson: Won’t or Can’t: a Case of Mistaken Identity  
9. Brian Williams: My Name Is Williams, Too  
10. Bradley Hunter: Not Yet Diagnosed  
3 Introduction to Disruptive Behavior Disorders
11. Scott Michaels: Boys Will Be Boys?  
12. Tyrone Wilson: The Gang’s All Here  
4 Introduction to Anxiety and Compulsive Disorders
13. Winnie Kent: Silence Is Not Golden  
14. Shirley Yong: Worried to Perfection  
15. Jordan Neeson: Let Me Count the Ways  
16. Sandra Silver: Shy or Social Anxiety Disorder (Social Phobia)  
5 Introduction to Problems of Mood: Depression and Bipolar Disorders
17. David Steele: Hopelessness and Despair  
18. Matthew Morgan: Out of Control and In Control  
19. Jenny Sloan: The All-American Girl  
6 Introduction to Disorders of Emotion and Behavior Dysregulation
20. Alex Bishop: The Slippery Slope  
21. Sarah Burke: Food for Thought  
22. Tori Benson: Skin Deep: Cutting Through the Pain  
7 Introduction to Traumatic and Stress-Related Disorders
23. Juan Hernendez: The Crash  
24. Jason Coleman: Disconnected Connections  
25. Ericka White: Not Yet Diagnosed  
APPENDIX A: Supplemental Case Information
APPENDIX B: Systems of Classification
APPENDIX C: Guidelines to the Interpretation of Test Scores and Assessment Information

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology is easy to read and understand. It provides a solid discussion of case conceptualization, which is lacking in many textbooks. Additionally, the book provides discussions of the various factors that may have impacted the individual in the case study.”

Wendy K. Killam
Stephen F. Austin State University

“This text allows students to learn DSM in all its technicality, but provides the practicality of modeling assessment (information gathering) and diagnosis (clinical decision-making) within realistic and contemporary cases.”

Jeffrey M. Smith
Creighton University

“These sections are exceptionally well written and could be readily used in an assessment or testing class to understand differential diagnosis.”

Eraina Schauss
University of Memphis

“Each chapter is well organized and, easy to read, offering the student an opportunity to connect theory with practice.”

Gregory Canillas
The Chicago School of Professional Psychology

Child and Adolescent Psychopathology provides an exemplary variety of case studies that an education specialist or school psychologist would encounter throughout their career.”

Lisa Clark Keith
Fresno Pacific University
Key features


  • A new case study on social phobia/social anxiety disorder provides a glimpse into the nature of anxiety and compulsive disorders from several perspectives.
  • Additional post-case questions give students the opportunity to apply theoretical concepts in class discussion, group work, individual writing assignments, and other suggested projects.
  • An expanded introductory chapter discusses trends in case formulation related to theories of attachment, the neurophysiology of emotion regulation, cultural influences on parenting, resilience, and adverse childhood experiences.


  • The text demonstrates the three-stage conceptual case formulation model using five theoretical frameworks—biological, behavioral, social cognitive, psychodynamic/attachment, and parenting style/family systems—within an over-arching ecological transactional framework.
  • “The Case of Terry Hogan” provides students with an introductory guide as they seek to distinguish atypical from normal behavior within a developmental context.
  • Coverage of a wide range of disorders within a variety of settings includes ADHD, Williams Syndrome, childhood-onset bipolar disorder, social phobia, and self-mutilation.
  • Comprehensive assessment information drawn from a variety of developmental contexts and sources includes case histories, observations, psychometric assessments, raw data, and interviews.
  • Not-yet-diagnosed cases challenge students to develop their own diagnoses.
  • Three appendices feature supplemental case information as well as systems of classification, including “A Clinician's Guide to Educational Classification” and “Guidelines to Interpretation of Test Scores and Assessment Information”.

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